The “Research” section of our personal website covers our published work in academic dance research (ethnography, anthropology and ethnochoreology) and our involvement in local dance practice.
Please see our website at eliznik.org.uk for dance, costume, music and ethnography.
You can find on us Academic.edu – Liz Mellish and Nick Green – where many papers are available, just follow the link to Academia.edu below the abstract.
Our ongoing research projects include:
- Festivals and contemporary festivities in Banat
- Romanian dancers and dance ensembles – lives and histories
- The history and connections of Balkan dancing in the UK
We are active members of two ICTM study groups
The “Balkan dance” scene emerged as a sub-scene of the recreational “international folk dance” scene in the post second world war period in the US, UK, Netherlands and other western European countries, as well as in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. However the history of interest in dances …read more
Béla Bartók collected numerous traditional melodies in villages throughout the old “Hungary” in his pursuit of the old layer of Hungarian song. In the years before WW1 he made visits to many Romanian villages in Transylvania and Banat with the purpose of collecting material as he found that in the …read more
The Hungarian Institute for Musicology in Budapest has a large collection of research films dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. Unlike most “state folklore research institutes” this institute can be visited in Budapest, the collection index is searchable online, and a sizable collection of films are digitised and some …read more
GT Niculescu-Varone – part 1: collector of dance words GT Niculescu-Varone – part 3: locations It is clear that Niculescu-Varone was primarily interested in strigături (rhythmic shouts) that accompany dancing, although he sometimes adds a paragraph describing the context and action at the dance event. His commentary on the dances …read more
GT Niculescu-Varone – part 1: collector of dance words GT Niculescu-Varone – part 2: table of dances names This map shows all locations where his publications include a reference to a dance name. We can guess the locations that he visited and made detailed research, versus locations that he only …read more
GT Niculescu-Varone – part 2: table of dances names GT Niculescu-Varone – part 3: locations (One of the) first folk dance collectors in Romania was G.T. Niculescu-Varone (1884-1984). Varone, a Romanian folklorist, was born in Bucharest in 1884. He graduated in law from Bucharest University in 1908, and between 1905 …read more
Over the past century more than 200 collections of national and traditional dances have been published in Romania. The table below includes all that I know about, however, there are more books, particularly those with small print runs and those that have been produced more recently. A few are authored …read more
Regiunea Banatului poate fi împărţită în linii mari în trei zone etnografice – câmpia Banatului, dealuri şi munţi. In toate cele trei zone, Hora este cel mai inclusiv dans din comunitate. Hora este folosită pentru a deschide evenimente şi este un element esenţial în ciclul vieţii si la obiceiuri si …read more
This book is an edited collection of papers presented at the sixth biennial symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe that was held in the town of Sinj, Croatia in April 2018. The 24 papers, including two panels, are grouped under the headings of …read more
Anca Giurchescu (1930-2015), etnochoreologist and Romanian dance researcher, published numerous works in many languages during her career covering over six decades. This page lists the majority of her works in the table below. Anca’s academic publications can be roughly divided by years into three groups: 1) 1957-1979 – Articles published …read more